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Welcome to the web site of the International Aikido Federation,
the world federation of the Japanese martial art of Aikido.

Here you can find information about Aikido, our organisation,
the member federations from nations around the world, issues
and projects on our agenda, Aikido events past and coming.

If you have something you would like to tell, ask or
discuss, do not hesitate to send us an e-mail.

IAF - International Aikido Federation
About IAF

About IAF
The International Aikido Federation (IAF) is a federation of aikido organisations which
are directly affiliated to the Aikikai Hombu in Japan, the ‘mother house’ of Aikido.

It is the only worldwide federation of such Aikido organisations and at present
it has 43 members.

The organisational structure of the IAF is a unique blend of the ‘vertical’ and the ‘horizontal’.

The IAF President is always the Aikido Doshu and a body called the Superior Council has
the power to monitor the decisions taken by the IAF Congress, in order to ensure that the
federation does not deviate from the ‘way’ of aikido, as taught by the Founder, Morihei Ueshiba.

These decisions are taken at the Congress by the delegates from each member organisation.
The Congress meets every four years under the presidency of the IAF Chairman and makes
its decisions by means of the democratic process of debate and voting. Each member organisation
has one vote.

Membership of the IAF is open to national organisations which have Recognition from the Aikikai Hombu.
There are currently some 53 organisations which have Recognition from the Hombu, but not all of
these organisations can be members of the IAF.

At present the IAF has a rule that only one organisation from each country may be a member.
It is important to recognise that Recognition by the Aikikai Hombu is quite different from Membership
of the IAF.

An important task of the Congress is to elect the officials who manage the day-to-day operations
of the IAF. In between Congresses, the federation is managed by these officials: the Chairman,
General Secretary, Treasurer, and a non-voting Technical Counsellor who is appointed by the
Aikikai Hombu.

These officials are all responsible to a Directing Committee, which meets every
two years. The Directing Committee, in turn, is responsible to the Congress.

Aikido Training
Many IAF Congresses have been held in Japan and an aikido training course has usually been
held to run parallel with the Congress.

This training course is an important part of the IAF Congress,
for it allows delegates and ordinary aikidoists to practise the art under the guidance of high-ranking
instructors directly affiliated to the Aikikai Hombu.

A very successful training course took place during the last Congress, held in Katsuura, Japan, and
a similar training course is planned for the 8th Congress, which will be held in Japan between
12 and 17 September, 2000.

This training course will be open to all aikidoists, regardless of whether they are members of IAF
member organisations.

International Recognition
The IAF held its first Congress in 1976 in Tokyo, Japan. In 1984, the federation became a Full Member
of the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) and the International
World Games Association (IWGA).

Admission to membership of GAISF and the IWGA was an important milestone for the IAF,
for membership of these two associations gives international recognition to aikido, to Doshu
and to the Aikikai Hombu.

As a member of the IWGA, the IAF has participated in the World Games. Though Aikido does
not hold competitions, participation in the World Games is an important way of making aikido
better known. The IAF participated in the last World Games, held in Finland in 1997, and plans
to take part in the forthcoming World Games, which will take place in Japan in 2001.

An aikido training course, open to everybody, is also held on the occasion of the World Games.

Some Achievements
Since its foundation in 1976, the IAF has also been able to fulfil several important functions:

1. The IAF has provided a means whereby aikido practitioners from all over the world can meet
and practise the art together under the direction of high-ranking teachers, especially those
teachers directly affiliated to the Aikikai Hombu.

2. The IAF has provided an open forum in which aikido organisations affiliated to the Aikikai can
meet in friendship and discuss matters of common interest.

3. The IAF has provided a forum for discussion between these aikido organisations and instructors affiliated
to the Aikikai Hombu who reside abroad.

4. The IAF has, through its congresses and other meetings, provided an official channel of
communication between aikido organisations and the Aikikai Hombu.

5. At a national and a continental level, the IAF has, through its member federations, helped
to sow the seeds of aikido on new ground: to introduce and spread the art in countries where it
did not exist.

6. The IAF has engaged in official contacts with various officially recognised sports bodies and has
thus shown the face of aikido in places like the World Games, where the art risks being misunderstood.
The risks of misunderstanding exist, because aikido is not a sport in the ordinary sense of the term,
for it does not hold competitions.

7. The IAF’s status as a recognised international federation has been of great assistance in enabling
some member federations to gain recognition from their own government authorities.
Not all members need such recognition, but some do—and this is a fact which is of some importance.

IAF - International Aikido Federation
IAF Officers

IAF President
Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba
Aikido Doshu
IAF Directing Committee
Chairman Dr Peter Goldsbury
3-29 Ushita Honmachi
Hiroshima 732-0066
Japan Tel. + 81-82-211-1271
Fax. + 81-82-211-1955
Vice Chairman
Mr Tony Smibert
179 Mole Creek Road
Tasmania 7304
Australia Tel. + 61-363-622-474
Fax. + 61-363-623-326

Secretary Mr Hiroshi Somemiya
c/o Aikikai Foundation
17-18 Wakamatsu-cho
Tokyo 162-0056
Japan Tel. + 81-82-3203-9236
Fax. + 81-82-3204-8145
Treasurer Mr Mitsuyoshi Ishihara
c/o Aikikai Foundation
17-18 Wakamatsu-cho
Tokyo 162-0056
Japan Tel. + 81-82-3203-9236
Fax. + 81-82-3204-8145
General Secretary Mr August Dragt

Member Mr Motohiro Fukakusa
Member Mr Stefan Stenudd
Member Mr Makoto Nishida
Member Mr Muhammad Haneef
Technical Council (Members appointed by the IAF President)
Member Mr M Suganuma
Member Mr Ken Cottier
(resident in the U.K.)
Senior Council (Members appointed by the IAF President)
Tada Hiroshi Shihan

Member Tamura Nobuyoshi Shihan
Yamada Yoshimitsu Shihan
Isoyama Hiroshi Shihan

Asai Katsuaki Shihan
Mr Guy Bonnefond
Mr Giorgio Veneri

IAF - International Aikido Federation
IAF Member nations and their organisation name

Country Organisation name
Argentina Associacion Argentina de Aikido
Australia Aikikai Australia National Aikido Association
Belgium Belgian Aďkikaď
Brazil Federacao Paulista de Aikido
Bulgaria Bulgarian Aikido Federation
Chile Federacion Deportiva Chilena de Aikido - Aikikai Chile
China Hong Kong Aikido Association Ltd
Czech Rep. Czech Aikido Association - Aikikai of Czech Rep.
Finland Suomen Aikidoliitto - Finland Aikikai
France Fédération Francaise d'Aďkido Aďkibudo et Affinitaires
Germany Aikikai Deutschland e.V - Fachverband fuer Aikido in Deutschland
Gr.D. of Luxembourg Federation Luxembourgeoise des Arts Martiaux
Indonesia Yayasan Indonesia Aikikai
Italy Associazione di Cultura Tradizionale Giapponese - Aikikai d'Italia
Japan All-Japan Aikido Federation
Lebanon Lebanese Aikido Federation
Macau Associacao de Aikido de Macau - Aikikai Macau
Malaysia Aikikai Malaysia
Mexico Federacion Mexicana de Aikido, A.C.
Monaco Association Sportive de Monaco - Aikido
Morocco Fédération Royale Marocaine de Judo AIKIDO et AMA
Netherlands Nederlandse Culturele Aikikai Federatie
New Zealand New Zealand Aikido Federation
Norway Norges Aikidoforbund / Norwegian Aikido Federation
Paraguay Asociacion Paraguaya de Aikido
Philippines Pilipinas Aikido Propagation Association
Poland Polska Federacja Aikido
Portugal Federacao Portuguesa de Aikido
Rep. of Ireland Irish Aikido Federation
Republic of South Africa Aikido Federation of South Africa (AFSA)
Russia Aikido Aikikai Federation of Russia
Scotland Scottish Aikido Federation
Serbia-Montenegro Aikido Federation of Serbia-Montenegro
Singapore Aikikai Singapore
Slovakia Slovak Aikido Association - Aikikai Slovakia
Sweden Svenska Budoförbundet Aikidosektionen
Switzerland Association Culturelle Suisse d`Aikido, Aikikai Suisse
Taiwan (Republic of China) Republic of China Aikido Association (R.O.C.A.A.)
Thailand Aikido Association of Thailand
UK British Aikido Federation
United States of America United States Aikido Federation
Uruguay Federacion Uruguaya de Aikido - Aikikai Uruguay
Yugoslavia Jugoslovenska Aikido Federacija - Aikikai Yugoslavia

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World Games 2005
The Aikido seminars, demonstrations and ceremonies at the World Games 2005 will take place from July 22nd to July 24th at the
Mülheim an der Ruhr
An der Sportstätte 6

The timetabale is as shown below:

friday, July 22nd 2005
06:00p.m - 08:30p.m. seminar

saturday, July 23rd 2005
10:00a.m. - 00:30p.m. seminar
03:00p.m. - 05:00p.m. Embukai (official World Games Aikido demonstration)
07:00p.m - 00:00 a.m. anniversaryparty

sunday, July 24th 2005
10:00a.m. - 00:30p.m. seminar

The World Games 2005 will finish with a closing ceremonie at July 24th (evening).

For the people who want to stay overnight it is possible to sleep on the mat or in a tent, caravan or motorcaravan in the nearly area of the seminarplaces.
This places will be observed by securityguards.

A discription of the path to the locations and a list of hotels or hostels will be posted later.

More information about the World Games 2005 under
or (only german language)


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